There’s a new bar at Downtown Disney and a real eye-catcher right above it. The Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe is now open and the volcano above it is erupting with fire every half hour.
Just to the left of the main Rainforest Cafe entrance is the new Lava Lounge.
At the bottom of a waterfall is an animatronic alligator. He lurches forward, growls and opens his mouth. Unfortunately some guests were already tossing coins in his mouth. Some aren’t such good shots, so the gator had some pennies on his head in addition to in his mouth.
You can enter the Lava Lounge through a cave by the alligator or down by the boat docks.
Here’s a look at the lounge area from the dock.
The lounge isn’t huge, but it’s a nice size. It consists of a bar and some high tabletops.
The back portion of the lounge has regular tables which are part of the restaurant. Anyone is welcome to find a seat at the bar or at one of the high tables, first-come, first-served, but these tables in the back are seated by the hostesses at the restaurant.
Notice the large televisions behind the bar and the red glowing “lava” in the wall.
The bar menu features specialty drinks for about $9 each and a selection of appetizers. Notice the liquid “lava” inside the menu. It flows around the menu as you hold it up and squeeze it. The menus themselves are available to purchase for $20.
The Krakatoa Flatbread ($10.99), Seaside Ceviche ($11.99) and Polynesian Pot Stickers
The main attraction of the newly refurbished area is the erupting volcano. It explodes with fire and smoke about every 30 minutes. Fire blasts out of many different locations including the top.
Here’s a video of the volcano in action:
Keep in mind that the eruption can’t be seen or well heard from inside the lounge or restaurant.
When it’s erupting, guests across the lake and within view all around the Downtown Disney Marketplace usually stop what they’re doing and watch.
Not to be outdone, many evenings Mother Nature provides her own light show.
Do you think the Lego store’s Brickly the Dragon is jealous of the fire.
The new Lave Lounge and Rainforest Cafe restaurant are open daily in the Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World.